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fucked up that i'm learnin about shenzhen just now

Submitted by twovests in just_post

shenzhen is a very big city and it looks real cool, according to photos on the internet.

noone ever told me about it :\\ there's a lot of cities and i'm expected to find out about them on my own?

just found myself a list of the largest cities.

ahmedabad? first i'm hearing of it!

osaka? i know about it because of homestuck.

istanbul? i got to go there in assassins creed! maybe i do know a lot of cities.

manila? new to me! maybe i do not know a lot of cities.

mexico city? hell yes i wanna see the cool angel statue.

i am also interested in getting manila folders manufactured in manila. please let me know where to buy these, if you know someone who sells manila folders manufactured in manila. if there are no manila folders manufactured in manila, do not tell me, i can not handle this kind of disappointment right now. thank you.

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Dogmantra wrote

here's a fucked up fact about cities!

istanbul was the capital & most influential and important city of the roman empire longer than rome was

it was constantinople and before that it was byzantium, it has always been one of the most important cities in the mediterranean area but the way history is talked about it's like they're three different cities

but no!!! THEY'RE THE SAME PLACE

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hollyhoppet wrote

i've never heard it not called the byzantine empire outside of mentions that people used to still call it the roman empire back during its time in history

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Dogmantra wrote

right? that's fucked up too!!

they were romans. by the time the split between western and eastern empire was really embedded, the east was by far the more influential and important part. new emperors in the west were basically given legitimacy by the east. the western empire officially fell because the east abolished the position of western emperor after the deposition of romulus augustulus & assassination of julius nepos.

the east was in charge. they called themselves romans, they acted like romans, they controlled the roman empire.

but we name them after the name of their capital city that they never used? I get it's convenient to have a different name for the continuation of rome after western rome fell. But we have a name for that already... eastern rome.

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hollyhoppet wrote

oh huh i thought constantinople was a big deal at least in the later years

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Dogmantra wrote

it was, that's the point of my rant :p

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hollyhoppet wrote

wait so "but we name them after the name of their capital city that they never used" sarcasm? I'm confused. Didn't Constantinople used to be called Byzantium, meaning they named it after that? I'm just having trouble parsing the language here.

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Dogmantra wrote (edited )

oh sorry, I meant they never used the name, they definitely used the city!

I mean of course they called it byzantium when it was called that, but it was changed to constantinople when constantine upgraded it to the new capital, so it was never called byzantium during its big role in the empire if you get me.

My point is that calling the Eastern Romans "Byzantines" is a bit like calling people from France "Gauls". Like, yeah that is where Gaul was physically located, but the modern nation of France is a different thing.

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ellynu wrote

people be like, oh the fall of rome was in the 400s. and rome is like... exists for another thousand years

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Dogmantra wrote

I am 100% convinced that the fall of the western empire is traditionally considered 476 because the emperor whose deposition caused it was called Romulus Augustulus which is like... such a perfect bookend for the empire? city founded by Romulus, turned into the empire by Augustus, and the last ruler shares a name with both of them? But this time it's an ironic echo because the empire is a shell of its former self.

Nevermind that Romulus Augustulus was a usurper who was never officially recognised and that the man he deposed was recognised as the legitimate emperor until 480.

Nevermind that the Domain of Soissons existed, a province in northern Gaul where the governer insisted that it was merely another Roman province waiting for a new emperor. The locals called it the kingdom of the romans. It existed til 486 when it was conquered by the Franks.

Nevermind that Roman culture and art and administrative structures stuck around in the west for hundreds more years! Especially in somewhere like Britain where Romano-British culture was such a huge influence on our borders that we still feel its fallout today.

It's all too easy to make history fall into neat stories. And I love the story of Rome falling in 476 because so much of why it happened echoes why Rome was such a powerhouse. But it's not really an accurate representation.

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Dogmantra wrote

lol sorry to kinda hijack your cities post twovests but i just really like rome ok?

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twovests wrote

no posts are hijack posts and i appreciate ur commentes

you are and i am Learn

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ellynu wrote

istanbul was constantinople now its istanbul not constantinople been a long time gone, oh constantinople

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twovests wrote

thank u assassin creed, for this piece of knowledge i did not go without

and now thank u to dogmantra, for this piece of knowledge you all do not without go to go

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musou wrote

manila is my favorite flavor of clam!

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neku wrote

heard about houston? heard about detroit? heard about pittsburgh, pa?

did i forget to mention memphis, home of elvis, and the ancient greeks?

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twovests wrote

i heard of most of those but probably because i am from america

i did not know about the greek city of memphis but ia m happy to pop this bad boy right into my fact knowledge base

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neku wrote

references aside you should play a civilisation game. there are like thousands of real city names in those games